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Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at Rise Up conference

By Jennifer Nelson on November 18, 2014 0 Comments News
Reynolds Fellow’s immersive re-creation of Ferguson shooting scene will debut at

A virtual, interactive re-creation of the scene where Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri, will debut November 19 at Fusion's Rise Up conference. Dan Archer, a graphics journalist and 2014-2015 Reynolds Fellow, created “Shot Down in the Show-Me State.”

Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

By Nikki Usher on November 7, 2014 3 Comments Blogs
Ignoring investments in local news startups makes no sense

As part of my Reynolds Fellowship, RJI has asked me to write about lessons learned in the successes and failures of news startups. If there’s one resounding failure, it’s been the inability of local news startups to attract any sufficient backing for their efforts.

Realizing Innovation: Matchmaker to the startups

By Kim Garretson on November 5, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Realizing Innovation

Kim Garretson and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute recently launched a pilot website — — that will help news organizations, agencies and marketers discover and experiment with digital innovations from startups.

Plus-size iPhone 6 makes reading long stories and watching videos on a smartphone more pleasurable

By Roger Fidler on October 31, 2014 0 Comments News
iPhone 6

After using an iPhone 6 Plus exclusively for a month, I’ve concluded that I can get along just fine without my Wi-Fi-only iPad mini in my daily routines. It won’t replace my iPad entirely, but I’ll be using it much less for news and timely information, such as weather updates, television listings and market data.

Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

By Alex Remington on October 29, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Will you remember this blog post tomorrow?

I'm interested in how readers process and remember news stories, and I'd like to better understand how stories can be made more comprehensible and memorable. This means I need to study the brain. I’ve spent my first few weeks of The Washington Post’s Reynolds Fellowship trying to brush up on the basics of psychophysiology.

When media companies invest in news startups: A growing trend

By Nikki Usher on October 28, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Nikki Usher

There’s a new trend in our industry: Big media and tech companies are investing in news startups, pouring tons of money into all kinds of products such as aggregators, readers, content and social.

Native advertising for APG: What it is, what it isn’t and why your clients will want it

By Jaci Smith on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Jaci Smith

In the past year, native advertising has grown from a concept to a successful way to grow revenue for some of the largest media companies in the nation. At APG Media of Southern Minnesota, we have been working on implementing a native advertising program for a few months. We've been talking to our clients about what native is and how it can help them grow revenue and their brand.

Empathetic Media debuts Ferguson VR at ONA14

By Dan Archer on October 27, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Dan Archer

The Online News Association’s annual conference last month in Chicago was a who’s who of movers and shakers in the industry. One new addition to the reporter’s storytelling toolkit was virtual reality (VR), which can transform any home computer into a VR world that responds to the user’s head movements in real time.

Knight Center launches a massive online course in Portuguese on mobile journalism

Source Knight Center on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Smartphones have become indispensable and have transformed various aspects of our daily lives, including the way that we consume news and how it is produced. To help those interested in learning about the latest in mobile media and how journalism can be done via smartphone, the Brazilian National Association of Newspapers (ANJ) and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, supported by Google, will offer the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Introduction to Mobile Journalism.”

Kim Garretson Real_Inno RJI Research: Connecting startup ecosystems to enterprises seeking innovation

Source DocSlide on October 27, 2014 0 Comments

Member of the first class of part time non-resident research fellows at RJI. My research will focus on connecting early-stage companies with the research capabilities of the institute. I'll be bringing in both pre-VC and venture-backed innovations in all areas of digital media across all screens, plus ad tech. Will be incorporating the project under my Real/Inno work as a board member and advisor to startups. - See more at:

News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

By Nikki Usher on October 24, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
News companies as tech companies: Some venture capitalists say yes

For years, the drumbeat among venture capitalists has been that content is expensive and is not worth their investment. But we’ve seen a turnaround, and the question is, why now? The answer may simply be optimism.

Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

By Mary Grigsby on October 24, 2014 4 Comments Blogs
Is a new type of young adult media user emerging?

I’m conducting research interviews to better understand media use motivations and preferences of 18- to 29-year-old careerists. Nine interviews in and I’m observing an interesting and unanticipated pattern from the data.

Do journalists have an obligation to tell a source their story will be used in sponsored content?

By Jaci Smith on October 16, 2014 9 Comments Blogs

How do I identify myself to potential sources in reporting a story that would become sponsored content?

Twitter survey finds journalists may have more leeway to insert some humor, opinion into local news tweets

By Jennifer Nelson on October 15, 2014 0 Comments News
Twitter bird

When it comes to local news, journalists may have more freedom to interject some opinion into tweets, according to a recent survey of residents in two major U.S. metropolitan areas. However, survey participants indicated that they preferred objective or impartial tweets about national news.

JAWS Ambassador blog post: JAWS oral history project progresses

Source Journalism & Women Symposium on October 14, 2014 0 Comments

An exciting and important effort to memorialize the work and lives of JAWS members is well underway, thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri who are documenting the oral histories of many of our members.

What’s hot (or not) from ONA 14

By Brian Steffens on October 6, 2014 0 Comments News
ONA 2014

Perhaps the biggest buzz at this year’s ONA convention was Gannett and its Des Moines Register’s “Harvest of Change” series of stories that capitalized on interactive viewing using the Oculus VR headset.

Can social media boost news consumption?

By Chad Martin on October 6, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Social media

You and I are bombarded by thousands of ideas and brand impressions every day. I’m specifically interested in social media and its power as an influencer: Can social media convince you to buy a specific brand of soda and read a newspaper series on the November elections?

Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well

By Scott Swafford on October 3, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Scott Swafford

Scott Swafford, 2013–2014 Reynolds Fellow, presented at the 2014 Missouri Press Association meeting on "Down-home Democracy: Why covering local elections is important and how small newspapers can do it well." Following are his notes for that presentation.

Improv boosts innovation at Collab/Space Chicago

By RJI on October 2, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Kim Garretson

Previous Reynolds Fellows Kim Garretson and David Cohn spoke at Collab/Space Chicago. Garretson presented his startup-discovery website, Realizing Innovation, while Cohn delivered the keynote address.

Where do we grow from here? Hacks/Hackers gains its first executive director

By Jeanne Brooks on September 25, 2014 0 Comments Blogs
Growing pains: Hacks/Hackers network gains its first executive director

The Hacks/Hackers network has grown to be a valuable resource for journalism communities around the world. Jeanne Brooks joins the network as its first-ever executive director.